[caption id="attachment_598563" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-598563" alt="Rohit Sharma (left) and Shikhar Dhawan opened for India in ICC Champions Trophy 2013 IANS (File Photo)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Rohit-Sharma-congratulates-Shikhar-Dhawan-as-he-lifts-his-bat-after-completing-half-century-during-the-6th-ODI.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Rohit Sharma (left) and Shikhar Dhawan opened for India in ICC Champions Trophy 2013 IANS (File Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>With <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ICC-Champions-Trophy" target="_blank">ICC Champions Trophy 2017</a> just a month and half away, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/VVS-Laxman" target="_blank">VVS Laxman</a> backed <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Shikhar-Dhawan" target="_blank">Shikhar Dhawan</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Rohit-Sharma" target="_blank">Rohit Sharma</a> as the right candidates to open batting for India in the tournament to be held in England. Laxman has been highly impressed with Dhawan's return in form in the ongoing <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ipl" target="_blank">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL) 2017 for defending champions <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Sunrisers-Hyderabad" target="_blank">Sunrisers Hyderabad</a> (SRH), of whom Laxman is also the mentor. Laxman feels that not only should Dhawan be a regular member of the Indian squad for the Champions Trophy, but should be considered for opening along with Rohit, as they did in 2013, leading to their title victory. <p></p> <p></p> I think it is great to see Shikhar batting the way he is. He looks in very good rhythm. Also he is in good space of mind. And I am sure the way he is batting, he will win more and more matches for the franchise. I am hoping that he will get a place in the Champions Trophy. I believe Shikhar and Rohit are the right players to open in England, said Laxman in an exclusive interview with <em>ANI</em>. I am very pleased with the way Shikhar is batting and I just want him to enjoy and play with a lot of freedom because he is a match winner and an impact player. . <p></p> <p></p>Speaking on India's chances of retaining the trophy, they won back in 2013, he said: I believe India have got a very good chance in the Champions Trophy. But whether it is T20 or 50-over format, whichever team performs well on that day, they win the game. I believe at this moment I can chose the four semi-finalists and India will be one among them. I believe India will go into the tournament with a lot of confidence because most of the players have been playing in the IPL and they are match fit. So, I believe India has got a very good chance to win the Champions Trophy, he concluded.